Here we are folks, Part 1 of my Alt Summit review. I know there’s lots of people who really want me to share this amazing experience but I also know that not everyone wants to relive every moment so I’m going to try really hard to keep it to three parts, the biz cards, what I learned, and the unreal parties & decor.
Your business card at Alt is the equavilent to what you wear to a fashion show. Yes, people want to stand out, will make judgements (it’s human nature, don’t judge), and will ask you where you got them printed.
I collected over 75 (!) cards – all people that I actually had some interaction with. Things definitely get a little crazy during the conference so I waited until I got home to sit down and go through them and look up everyone’s blog.
I guarantee you that you will see the most creative business cards you’ve ever seen at an Alt conference. It’s not a competition, but you want to stand out from the rest. So with this being said, if you haven’t yet got business cards made for your business, why not check out companies similar to Metal Kards and get started. It’s all about growing your business and networking, which you can do a lot better with when you have business cards. No matter what industry people work in, having a business card is very important. Whether you decide to get a well designed business card for your law firm, business cards for a new restaurant or are considering starting a photography business, you never know who you’ll meet along the way. So having business cards made will hopefully start the networking process and make it a lot easier.
I definitely saw a few themes this year but overall a collection of wonderfully creative cards. Seeing all these has definitely made me want to step up my game when it comes to my business cards. I am definitely going to look and speak to some professionals from companies like kaizenprint.ie and hopefully I will be able to get my ideas down on a card after getting so much inspiration from everyone else. It’s all about making the best first impression you can. I even did a quick search into something like Elev8, so I have an idea as to how I can make my business card stand out, just like the ones I saw at the conference.
Here’s my attempt at putting them into a few categories. If you don’t see yours here, it doesn’t mean I didn’t like it! (it just means it was so unique it wasn’t part of a group ;) ….or we didn’t have the pleasure of meeting)
First up are all the letterpress cards. A beautiful letterpress card will always get a little envy (ohhhh, letterpress, sooo nice). Gold foil stamping was a trend as well as colour on the edges of the cards.
Then there were the beautifully illustrated group, which I particularly love. Probably because I can’t illustrate.
Some people’s cards came in pretty little packages that held little surprises.
And then some people got all creative and generous and included little gifts or something super cool with their cards. Just in case you’re wondering, that hole punch & ring is so you can punch all the cards you get and keep them on the ring. Genius! Except for the fact that I didn’t want to ruin the pretty cards with a hole until after I did this post for you. Now I will punch away.
Pretty incredble huh? I told you they would be creative. So if you ever make it to the Alt conference, don’t just leave your business card as a last minute detail. It’s part of your brand! Here’s some great card ideas I posted just before I hit up the BlogPodium conference in my hometown last year. You can see what my card looked like. Nothing flashy BUT I will say it’s well designed.